Saturday, January 10, 2009

Money Making Blogs - Blogging Tips

Whew - our whole communication system was down for TWO whole days. We live in a remote area in NW Montana and because of some avalanche hitting a main tower - we lost everything, cell service, long distance, internet - talk about feeling cut off from the rest of civilization!


This is truly one of the most beautiful places to live for the most part, but when things like that happen, we are reminded of just how remote we really and how dependent we are on technology!


But I was also reminded how beautiful it is at a time like that to be in online marketing of some sort, whether that is with money making blogs, or with some other sort of work at home stuff as even though MY computer was not working - others were happily surfing the 'net.

And I got to do some things that I normally push aside, like baking apple pies and cleaning house!


The sad fact is that I would much rather be online than clean or cook - so I need to prioritize my life every so often and get things straight about how much time I get to spend online and actually it really helps to set a schedule of some sort - especially if you are doing more than one thing online.


For instance - here is what works for me at times if I can stick to it! I am a glutton for punishment with sticking too many 'irons in the fire' so to speak!


But here is a simple guideline that helps me stay on target on what I want to get accomplished per week and then you can break it down however you need to - with your schedule.


Money Making Blogs: Blog at least twice a week - (add a keyword rich post or article to each blog)

Free Advertising: Post a new ad every other day to each, like I use craigslist and freeads the most right now and with craigslist especially, it is best to add a few ads every other day.

Forum posting - my favorite so I do some of that almost every day....

But here is how it works if you break it down - have an hour set aside every day to work on your 'money making blogs' either by posting a new blog post or writing an article that links to your blog, or even building a new Squidoo lens that links to your blog...

Remember that the more content that is keyword focused and linking to each other - the better your campaign...


The same for the free advertising - post ads linking to your blogs.


Regardless what you do to promote your money making blogs - as long as you do something each day or at least a couple times a week, eventually you will generate more and more traffic. It takes time for it to build up but if you have a good niche, it will work.


I personally follow the One Week Marketing Plan a lot and use her techniques as Jennifer has so many tricks she has mastered with blogs and Squidoo.


Regardless which 'tool' you use, follow the tips and tricks they give you and do it consistently - and you will see results!



Here is another tool I came across recently and because it is under twenty bucks, it may be a great tool to add to the 'money making blogs arsenal' ! Click Here to get to more details on it.





Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How to Start a Blog and Get That Blog Making Money For You!

"So how do I GET STARTED blogging for money?"

"Can you please tell me where to go... what to do... how to get started...."

I hear these questions all the time and because I am a niche blogger myself, I simply do not have the time to help everyone! (I make my money with affiliate marketing so I have to add posts to my blogs,too...:)

But maybe what I CAN do is set up a few short and simple steps here to help you get started blogging... believe me, once you get started, you will never stop learning.

The hardest part for many people is to simply to get started blogging. It was not that long ago that the mere thought of blogging gave me a headache, not to mention seo and keywords and all that stuff... I am not kidding!

So here is what I would advise you to do....

Step #1) Go to clickbank.com and register - it's free - once you have done that you are able to browse the marketplace and see what they offer as affiliate products to market. Most of the clickbank products are e-products so you want to be careful. If it looks cheesy to you, then stay away from it!

Step#2) Also go to a few other affiliate programs like linkshare.com, amazon.com, commission junction and regsiter with each one, it is free as well , do so and browse their categories.
(some of these require you to have some sort of website or blog set up already... just wait on those till later...)

Step#3) Now go to blogger.com or wordpress.com and set up a simple blog - let's say you are wanting to promote the program 'six pack abs' that you can find on clickbank - you will want to have your blog name something related to 'six pack abs' and you may have to play around with it till you find one that is available...

(use the keyword search tool at http://www.seobook.com/ - it's a free tool)

Then you start posting about six pack abs on your blog - linking back to the ad page with the link provided to you from clickbank - it is called a hoplink and should look something like http://xxxxx.truthaboutabs.hop.clickbank.net/ except the xxx's will be your own tracking link.

Remember - the more posts you have on your blog, the more exposure you get on google search - BUT be patient, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for google searchers to find you....

Okay - in a nutshell - that is how to get started and I will post more soon.... :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Free Keyword Search Tool - Helps Rank High in Google!

A few tips and excerpts from PotPieGirl's Training with the One Week Marketing Plan... on how to use the free keyword search tool with seobook.com and Google search tools.

"Keyword research is one of the toughest things when learning all this internet marketing mumbo-jumbo, isn't it?

Seems everyone has a different keyword research technique - or free keyword search tool they use, and you're left wondering which way is up and maybe even MORE confused than ever.

Been there. Done that. =)

Do you need help?

First off, I am FAR from a keyword research genius, but I DO have a few tricks up my sleeve."

Jennifer goes on to explain how you can search out a specific keyword to see if you have a chance at ranking high on the search engines or if you are better off digging deeper in the 'keyword sandbox'.

Tip #1

You HAVE to have your keyword phrase IN your title.. Have to...have to...have to... did I say you MUST have your keyword phrase in your title!

Article title, blog title, Squidoo title, - it has to be in the title.

Tip #2

Have that EXACT keyword phrase within the first few sentences of your blog, or your Squidoo intro module.

Often Google will return those first few sentences as the description people see when they google your keyword phrase.

Tip #3

In the anchor text of links ON your blog or Squidoo lens - or in articles they need to be in the resource box.

An anchor link is simply a clickable link on your blog or Squidoo lens. Google puts weight on anchor text ON your page as well as the title and intro.

For instance if your keyword phrase is ' run a car on water', then that EXACT phrase needs to be in your title, intro and as anchor text somewhere on your page.

.... these are just a sampling of the tips and tricks you will learn from Potpiegirl and the One Week Marketing Plan as you continue your online marketing career whether it is affiliate marketing or with a home based business - she will help you learn how to EFFECTIVELY do your online marketing.

She uses the free keyword research tool available with seobook.com and I camp out in that place whenever I get a chance.

Keyword research is VITAL to your success with anything you do online. Without keywords you will have no traffic and without traffic there is no money!